**Guest post from Ellen B.**
|After adopting three pets from our local shelter (read about my pet adoption experiences), I have many reasons to suggest to pet-less families that they consider pet adoption. Here are just 4 reasons to adopt a pet:
Yes, a dog or cat CAN provide real companionship. My dogs greet me like a rock star EVERY time I walk in the door…it’s awesome. They’re always happy to see me and are a true definition of loyal companionship. Pets want to spend time with their owners whether they’re happy, sad, rich, poor, young or old. Reminds me of this video by Ben Stein titled “Get a Dog.”
Pets help you forget your problems and give you another loving, living being on which you can focus your thoughts. Just watching pets play or fish swimming is calming. We’ve all heard stories how service dogs help hospital patients by simply “visiting” with the patients. Pets help people feel less lonely and can even lessen depression tendencies.
Increased Family Time.
Teenagers are generally more interested in their friends than family. Personal example, my 18-year-old son has spent A LOT more time with us as a family in the 4 weeks we’ve had our puppy. Read more about how to build bonds between children and animals.
I often refer to my dog (Kobe) as my “personal trainer.” Let’s just say he “encourages” me to take him for a daily walk. My dog gets such enjoyment out in the fresh air and exercise, and as an owner I get enjoyment watching him sniff out the neighborhood news. Our walks keep us both healthy! (My puppy will soon join us on those walks.)
People with pets have been found to have lower cholesterol, lower triglyceride levels and lower blood pressure. Some animals are even able to alert their owners to hypoglycemi and predict seizures. Talk about man’s best friend!
Many cats, dogs, rabbit, hamsters and other animals are at local shelters right now waiting for a home. They’re not worried about having a fancy house, they just want to be your friend forever.
If you think through adopting a pet and decide it’s right for you, be sure to check out the many local sources for pet adoption. Almost every community has a local animal rescue/adoption organization.
Please leave a comment telling us about a pet you adopted, or any additional reasons you feel are a good reason to adopt a pet!
- In the Market For a Dog – Questions for prospective pet owners.
- A Bunny Story About Pet Adoption
- Thank a Dog